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or at the consulate at benghazi? they're saying some people were from outside the country and some even al qaeda ties. what's the latest information? >> jake, it's important to know that there's an fbi investigation that has begun and it will take some time to be completed. that will tell us with certainly what transpired. our current assessment, is that fact what began as was a spontaneous not a premeditated response to what had transpired in cairo, there was a violent protest that was undertaken in reaction to this video that was disseminated. we believe that folks in benghazi, a small number of people came to the consulate to replicate this sort of challenge that was posed in cairo and then as that unfolded, it seems as hijacked, let's us say, by some individual clusters of extremists that came with heavier weapons, weapons as you know, in the wake of the revolution in libya are quite common and accessible. then it evolved from there. we'll get to see exactly what the investigation finally confirms. but that's the best information that we have at present. >> why was there such a security breakdown
was spreading and deepening. the american consulate in benghazi, libya, was in flames. and the ambassador and three other americans, dead, after militants attacked with gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades. by wednesday, the crowd outside the embassy in cairo had grown larger and the mood, ugly. the rhetoric now, a world away from the heady days of the arab spring last year. when i visited yemen during its own uprising, the atmosphere was optimistic. things have clearly changed. >> we do have to recognize that this kind of outrage that we're seeing in the region is a result of an enormous amount of frustration with the lack of fulfilled promises about the arab spring. the arab spring wasn't just about freedom and democracy. it was about social and economic progress. >> reporter: despite the death and utter devastation at the u.s. mission in benghazi, the state department insists there was a robust security presence. >> we determined that the security at benghazi was appropriate for what we knew. >> reporter: yet, just the day before the attack, al qaeda's leader urged libyans to retalia
.s. consulate in benghazi where as in egypt their new president took quite a while to issue any form of statement. and did so on facebook. remember his movement is tied in with muslim brotherhood as well. they had called, the muslim brotherhood called for a second and third day of protests against that anti-muslim video that set off the riots to begin with. >> interesting to note there were also demonstrations denouncing, by muslims in these countries, denouncing this kind of violence. >> particularly in libya. >> yes. >> yes. many because chris stevens loved the country and, loved helping them with the revolution and freeing them from gadhafi's reign. >> ambassador christopher stevens remembered as a model diplomat. his name and those of the three americans died in the attack will be etched on a wall at the state department. abc's jonathan karl has more. >> reporter: war was still raging when he first arrived in libya last year. ambassador chris stevens fully embraced one of the most dangerous diplomatic missions in the world. [ speaking foreign language ] >> my name is christopher
to the rebel opposition. he arrived on a cargo ship in the port of benghazi and began building our relationship with libya's revolutionaries. he risked his life to stop a tyrant, then gave his life trying to help build a better libya. the world needs more chris stevens'. i spoke with his sister, ann, this morning, and told her that he will be remembered as a hero by many nations. sean smith, was an air force veteran. he spent ten years as an information management officer in the state department. he was posted at the hague. and was in libya on a brief, temporary assignment. he was a husband, to his wife, heather. with whom i spoke this morning. he was a father to two young children, samantha and nathan. they will grow up being proud of the service their father gave to our country. service that took him from victoria to baghdad and finally to benghazi. the mission that drew chris and sean and their colleagues to libya is noble and necessary. and we and the people of libya honor their memory by carrying it forward. this is not easy. today, many americans are asking, indeed, i asked myself, how co
be dangerous circumstances. >> all americans in benghazi have been evacuated to europe. there's also three americans who were wounded, one of them seriously, diane. >> martha the president said today in his statement, his public statement, make no mistake we'll work with the libyan government to bring justice to the killers. so, what is under way tonight? >> the u.s. is promising justice and right now trying to track down those killers. libyan government promised cooperation and the fbi is involved as well. >> okay, martha. thank you. i know you'll continue reporting the story. as you know, american officials are moving right now to protect the more than 9,000 men and women in the u.s. foreign service. so many of them braving dangers abroad. the names of their fallen comrades will be etched on a wall at the state department and today president obama paid his respects there and secretary clinton spoke with fierce passion about their service. tonight abc's jon karl has more about those who died. >> reporter: war was still raging when he first arrived in libya last year. ambassador chris stev
protect the libyan people from a tyrant. >> reporter: she spoke of all those lost when the benghazi consulate was attacked by armed militants. sean smith, the technology specialist, who leaves two young children behind. tyrone woods, a former navy s.e.a.l., the father of three little boys. and his fellow former s.e.a.l., glen doherty, a beloved son and brother. >> we've seen rage and violence directed at american embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with. it is hard for the american people to make sense of that because it is senseless. >> reporter: but the message of today was not just of grief. it was resolve. >> so we will wipe away our tears, stiffen our spines and face the future undaunted. >> reporter: indeed, the state department is in crisis mode, sending additional security to embassies around the world. david? >> martha, thank you. and martha, as you know, the reason for all of that concern tonight is this. an eruption of protests, big and small. in fact, 24 hours ago, in five countries around the globe. tonight, more than 30 countries. two more
. a state department staffer apparently died of smoke inhalation after the u.s. consulate in benghazi was set on fire. much of the building was destroyed. >> now, a senior u.s. official say they're on alert throughout the region, fearing that there is more to come. this attack and one in neighboring egypt were set off by a new film critical of the prophet muhammad. >>> now, this was the scene in cairo as hundreds of protestors marched to the u.s. embassy there gathering outside the walls, chanting against the movie and u.s. some managed to scale the embassy high walls, pulling down an american flag and ripping it to shreds. others waved black flags, looking like those of al qaeda. the situation appeared to calm overnight. stay with abc news. our team is following developments in the region. we will continue to update you on "america this morning" and "good morning america." >>> and moving on to smaller and more scaled back ceremonies for those who were tragically killed in the 9/11 terror attacks. here in new york the tribute in light soared to the sky from the site of the original wo
of americans killed in benghazi libya. we will air a special report when that return ceremony likely within the next half-hour. i'm eric negotiation for cheryl jennings. >> kristen: i'm kristen sze. u.s. ambassador to libya was from the bay area. chris stevens got his law degree at u.c. hastings in san francisco. katie marzullo joins us with the latest anti-u.s. demonstrations erupting. >> we're getting word of two deaths outside the embassy in tunisia. a cloud of smoke has been seen around the embassy there. thousands are throwing rocks at police and police are feirlg tear gas at protestors. also in lebanon, at least one person is dead. security officials say a crowd set fire to a kfc and arby's restaurant. they clashed with police who opened fire killing one person. a u.s. four say a response team has arrived in yemen as security forces were firing live rounds and tear gas into the crowd of about 2,000 protestors who were trying to march to the u.s. embassy. yesterday, hundreds of protestors stormed the embassy compound and burned the american flag. in cairo, egypt, fourth day of the row
.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, tonight. this is the city you'll recall where rebels held out against gadhafi's army last year until u.s. and nato forces flew to their revolutionary cause. in neighboring egypt it wasn't militants but angry protesters who rushed the walls of the u.s. embassy in cairo, tore down the american flag, and replaced it with a black islamist banner. all of it apparently sparked by an obscure american film critical of the prophet muhammad. after a clip was posted online, the embassy in cairo put out a statement condemning the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of muslims. tonight, the white house distanced itself from that statement, which the romney campaign called disgraceful. more details on this fluid situation as we get them. >>> but shifting gears now to the kind of story that fills any parent with dread and a bit of gratitude for the glories of technology, here's abc's juju chang. >> reporter: chris powell found fame as the high-octane trainer for abc's "extreme makeover weight loss edition." >> that's it, tony, that's it.
happened in benghazi was not an anti-american protest, it was not as a result of a youtube video. it was an orchestrated anti-american terrorist attack. >>> meanwhile in tripoli, libya's president joined mourners at a memorial for ambassador stevens and three americans killed in that attack. >>> a notebook kept by the colorado movie theater shooting suspect was at the center of arguments during a court hearing. james holmes appearing in court with short brown hair instead of the orange seen before. prosecutors yesterday gave up their fight to see the notebook that holmes sent to a psychiatrist saying they didn't want to delay proceedings. well, analysts say they could still get their hands on it. >> if the defense pleads not guilty by reason of insanity, and i have every expectation they will, then the probability is that the prosecution will get to see this notebook. >> a judge yesterday also agreed to add ten attempted murder charges to the 142 counts holmes already faces. he's accused of killing 12, wounding nearly 60 others in the july attacks. basically they said, we're not
, the american consulate in benghazi, libya, was also attacked tonight. that incident believed to also have been sparked by that same controversial film. as for cairo, the protests have now quieted. the american embassy there tells us that all staff are safe and accounted for. diane? >> all right. thank you. alex marquardt reporting from the middle east tonight. >>> and now back here at home, a surprising twist in the presidential race. governor romney facing criticism tonight, not from the president or the democrats, but from some prominent members of his own party, and our new abc news/"washington post" poll shows why. take a look. the president has opened a six-point lead over governor romney since the conventions. before the conventions romney had a slight lead. the election now 56 days away, "your voice, your vote," and abc's david muir reports in from las vegas tonight. >> reporter: mitt romney in nevada on the anniversary of 9/11 in front of the national guard. >> we must keep our promises and regain the trust of all those who have worn the uniform and served our country. >> reporter: his
bullets to keep a crowd away from the u.s. embassy in cairo. on the streets of benghazi, libya, a different picture. hundreds of demonstrators rallied in support of america. they protested tuesday's attack on the u.s. consulate carried out by a rogue group of militants. four americans were killed, including the ambassador to libya, chris stevens, a rising diplomat, seen here in a youtube video. >> my name is chris stevens. and i'm the new u.s. ambassador to libya. >> he risked his life to stop a tyrant. then, gave his life to build a better libya. >> reporter: also killed, sean smith, an information specialist. >> as americans, we stand united, all of us, in gratitude for their service. i want to assure you, we will bring their killers to justice. >> reporter: a terror group affiliated with al qaeda has claimed responsibility for the well-coordinated attack in libya. officials believe it was timed coincide with the 9/11 anniversary and may not have been linked to the anti-muslim film that sparked the angry protests at the u.s. embassy in cairo and other cities. president obama
and we determined that the security at benghazi was appropriate for what we knew. >> reporter: but just the day before the attack, there were warning signs. al qaeda's leader urging libyans to retaliate against americans for the death of a libyan-born militant. and the state department was aware that that anti-muslim movie was airing on egyptian tv. yet, there were no warnings about it to other u.s. missions. why there weren't warnings about the movie is a big question tonight. given that whenever there's been any denigration of the prophet of muhammad, demonstrations and violence have almost always followed, diane. >> thank you so much, martha. and our thanks to jeffrey, too. more on that now, because, tonight, finally, we have some facts about the mysterious man who created that anti-muslim movie, the inflammatory movie that sparked extremist reaction around the world. that man is still in hiding, still in the shadows. so, what was his motive? we asked abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross to find out. >> reporter: police and reporters surrounded the los angeles home toda
's just not right. >> showed what happened in b benghazi was not an anti-american protest. it was not as a result of a youtube video. it was an orchestrated anti-american terrorist attack. >> it shows the level, the abysmal level of their knowledge about fundamental aspects of terrorist attacks and militant operations. >> reporter: a top intelligence official told congress yesterday that al qaeda likely did play a role, regardless of whether it was a pre-planned or spontaneous attack. >> we're still developing facts and still looking for any indications of substantial advance planning. we just haven't seen that at this point. >> reporter: meanwhile, in tripoli today, at a memorial for the four americans killed, libya's president paid tribute to ambassador chris stevens as a friend of the libyan people. there were reports today that ambassador stevens believed that he was on a terrorist hit list. but secretary clinton and other u.s. officials said today they have absolutely no reason to believe that that is true. diane? >> thank you so much, jon. and as you just said, the p
. >> reporter: but mitt romney is now facing tough questions, too. while the battle in benghazi was still going on, romney attacked the obama administration as disgraceful. saying the administration's first reaction was to sympathize with those who waged the attacks. this was based on a statement from the u.s. embassy in egypt, condemning the anti-muslim movie, one issued before it was even attacked. in a press conference, romney was unapologetic. >> an apology for america's values is never the right course. >> reporter: eager to throw a punch himself, the president fired back on cbs news' "60 minutes." >> governor romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later. as president, one of the things i learned is you can't do that. >> reporter: george, conventional wisdom has it that any day the campaign is not focused on the struggling economy is a good day for president obama. but there remain these unanswered questions about insufficient security at the diplomatic posts on the anniversary of 9/11. one that could potentially hurt president obama. >> you also raise that question in your
into the killings at the u.s. embassy in benghazi, there are reports that four people have been arrested. the libyan prime minister has said, expect more arrests. george? >> we'll keep an eye on it. thanks very much. >>> we're going to turn to the big economic news here at home. that could affect your money. ben bernanke announcing dramatic new moves to pump up the economy. bianna golodryga with more on that. start out by explaining what the fed is doing. >> reporter: the fed announced an aggressive program to buy back about $40 billion of mortgage-backed securities every single month. what does that mean? you saw huge response in the stock market. your 401(k) is going to bounce up from that. you'll feel like you have more money in your pocket and you'll spend more money. businesses will do the same. interest rates remain low, near zero, through 2015. that will inspire people to go out and buy homes. anything to retrigger the economy for both. >> and investing, as well. when i spoke to mitt romney, he's been critical of ben bernanke. he won't reappoint him if he is elected president. he says this wo
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